Understanding Pain

With Knowledge Comes Power

September 23-24, 2016 | Providence Park - Key Bank Club
This course is open to providence employees only

Online registration is closed

Email JoAnna Mullett with questions.

The United States is in a pain crisis. For the last three decades, previous care for persistent pain has contributed to our current opiate epidemic. Fortunately, neuroscience gives us a clearer understanding of pain and how to treat it more effectively.

If you’re frustrated about how to help your patients in pain, come and learn from experts about the modern approach to integrated care in the treatment of persistent pain, and how to provide more comprehensive pain care within Providence.


JoAnna Mullett

Course Objectives

This course is open to Providence employees only.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Access current interdisciplinary pain care resources at Providence Oregon and understand the future of integrated pain care.
  • Use new phrasing and motivational interviewing to more effectively address barriers to pain care.
  • Identify strategies for developing treatment for long-term opiate usage.

Target Audience

This course will benefit physicians, behavioral health professionals, nurses, case managers, health resilience specialists, pharmacists, occupational therapists and assistants, physical therapists and assistants and speech language pathologists.



Online registration is closed

Email JoAnna Mullett with questions.

Registration Fee:

The registration fee of $150/person for physicians and $100/person for all other medical professionals covers the Friday networking reception, Saturday continental breakfast, lunch and course certificate.

Refund Policy:

Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested by September 2. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.


Providence Portland Medical Center designated this live activity for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Providence Portland Medical Center is accredited by the Oregon Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Contact Hours:

This course will qualify for 10 continuing education hours for pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists in Oregon. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #9069, for 10 contact hours.

Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.

Registration Form:

Course Outline

Friday, September 23

 1:30 p.m. Registration
 2 p.m. Pain at Providence: Past, current and future
Nora Stern, PT; Doug Niehus, M.D.
 2:15 p.m. Change agents: Toward a system-wide approach to pain management. Getting beyond the opiate conundrum.
Steve Stanos, M.D.
 3:30 p.m. Break
 3:45 p.m. Creating a new language for explaining pain
Nora Stern, PT
 4:45 p.m. Motivational interviewing
Susan Driver, LCSW
 5:30 p.m. Questions and answers
 5:45 p.m. Reception

Saturday, September 24

 7:30 a.m.  Registration
 8 a.m. Opening Remarks
Linda Cruz, M.D.
 8:15 a.m. Patient Panel
 8:45 a.m. Challenging conversations about pain
Susan Driver, LCSW; Linda Cruz, M.D.
 9:45 a.m. Break
10 a.m. Get them moving!
Jessica Shelton, PT
11 a.m. The role of primary care in the management of persistent pain
Ruben Halperin, M.D.; Linda Cruz, M.D.
11:45 a.m. Behavioral health providers’ role in persistent pain
Vanessa Casillas, Psy.D.
12 p.m. Pain care in the medical home and neighborhood: A panel discussion
Norma Jean Smith, RN, CCM; Randy Dittmar, PT; Erica Crall, MSW, MPH; Doug Niehus, M.D.; Vanessa Casillas, Psy.D.; Dara Johnson, PharmD, BCPP
12:15 p.m. Questions from morning sessions
12:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)
 1:30 p.m. The intersection of pain, suffering and addiction: Creating the best plan with the whole person in mind
Paul Giger, M.D.
 2:30 p.m. How to successfully taper opiods
Dara Johnson, PharmD, BCPP
 3 p.m. Break
 3:15 p.m. Making it safe to talk about tapers
Susan Driver, LCSW
 3:45 p.m. Tools and resources
Nora Stern, PT
 4 p.m. Questions and final thoughts